Chippenham mayor joins disabled youngsters in Barnardo’s charity’s activity (From This Is Wiltshire)
Chippenham mayor joins disabled youngsters in Barnardo’s charity’s activity
3:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest News
Excited youngsters enjoyed baking, painting, and meeting Chippenham mayor Sylvia Gibson during an activity day organised by staff at Barnardo’s.
The day, held at St Nicholas School, Chippenham, on Tuesday last week, was one of several activity days provided by Barnardo’s for disabled children throughout the summer.
The children’s charity manages a short breaks service across the county on behalf of Wiltshire Council and last year it provided more than 5,000 hours of fun.
This summer children attending sessions at St Nicholas School have enjoyed trips to the Chippenham’s Olympiad leisure centre, John Coles Park and the cinema.
Coun Gibson has an understanding of the type of provision disabled children need, having taught in the autistic centre of Charter Primary School.
She said she was impressed with the activities provided and the dedication of staff at the charity.
She said: “When the schools close for the holidays, these children can’t understand why their routine has been broken.
“It’s great to see all sorts of children with special needs having the opportunity to mix together.”
Barnardo’s children’s services manager Liz James said: “Our activities help break down barriers. Social isolation is reduced, and parents can also use the time to focus attention on their other children.”
Sessions are also held at Devizes, Pewsey, Bradford on Avon, Warminster and Salisbury. For more information call (01249) 463907.
To volunteer with the charity call 07917 053857.
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